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On Wednesday morning, it was announced on TJ Dillashaw’s Instagram that he has voluntarily relinquished his Bantamweight title following an “adverse finding” in a drug test from January prior to his fight against Henry Cejudo.
TJ Dillashaw is no longer the UFC’s bantamweight champion. Relinquished his title, following an “adverse finding” in a drug test in January. His statement on IG: pic.twitter.com/yUFCoqnjQp
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 20, 2019
The only defense as Bantamweight Champion was against Cody Garbrandt, who he knocked out in the first round for the main event of UFC 227. From there, Dillashaw unsuccessfully challenged Cejudo for the Flyweight title, where he was finished early in the first round.
According to Ariel Helwani, the NYSAC has suspended Dillashaw for a year. A formal announcement is expected later on Wednesday.
TJ Dillashaw has been suspended for a year by the NYSAC, according to sources. A formal announcement is expected to be made this AM. Unclear at this time if he will be suspended longer by USADA but this is a NYSAC and USADA issue. Also unclear what he failed for. Developing.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 20, 2019
Dillashaw, before relinquishing his title, was looking for a possible rematch with Cejudo. While there is more to come on the situation, this development certainly shakes up the MMA world.
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